Definition of piquancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpēkənsē/


1A pleasantly sharp and appetizing flavor: these tomatoes have an intense flavor of great piquancy
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  • The salsa, which I expected to give the rest of the ingredients a spicy kick up the backside, had no piquancy whatsoever.
  • Five splashes of Tabasco were added to each person's plate, increasing the piquancy of the already spicy chili.
  • The slightly spicy sauce with the lime butter piquancy certainly paid off with this dish.
1.1The quality of being pleasantly stimulating or exciting: the tragedy only adds piquancy to the tale
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  • You should be feeling your way towards the level of piquancy you want.
  • Notice the purity of the opening, the piquancy of the birdcalls, the unfussy phrasing of the main theme.
  • That the latter two were innocent yet still condemned to take a fall adds piquancy to the tale.

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Syllabification: pi·quan·cy

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